Daily News: December 17, 2013

Barclays Agents Pizza Hut Franchisee Debt Refi

NPC International announced that it refinanced its outstanding $368 million term loan and amended its $100 million revolving credit facility. According to the company’s 8-K filing, Barclays Bank served as administrative agent, collateral agent and issuing bank.

The refinancing resulted in a 25 basis point reduction in the spread over LIBOR on the company’s term loan borrowings and lowered the term loan LIBOR floor by 25 basis points.

This refinancing also increased the capacity on the revolver to $110 million and resulted in a 25 basis point reduction in the spread over LIBOR. At prevailing LIBOR rates this action serves to reduce annual interest expense by approximately $1.8 million.

This refinancing also eliminated the annual limitation on capital expenditures covenant, although other existing covenants remain in place. No other material changes were made to the company’s senior credit facility in the refinancing.

Jim Schwartz, chairman and CEO of NPC International, Inc., said, “The Company’s robust cash flow characteristics coupled with strong relationships with our financing partners allowed us to avail ourselves of favorable market conditions a third time following the sale of the Company in December 2011. This will increase our free cash flow in support of the Company’s growth plans.”

NPC International is the largest Pizza Hut franchisee and currently operates 1,252 Pizza Hut restaurants and delivery units in 28 states and 90 Wendy’s units in 3 states.

Previously on abfjournal: Barclays Refinances NPC International Credit Facilities, November 27, 2013